Guțu Eva XI A
As most of us have already heard of the new “rules” our school adopted this year, I would like to address two of them: the phone policy and exiting school’s property during lunch breaks.
On the one hand, students frequenting the school for a while are aware that some teachers have been asking pupils to place their phones in a designated spot for a long time. Most of us complied and acknowledged that this was how those particular classes would occur from now on and it wasn’t as big of a deal. However, more recently (especially in the past few school meetings that took place since the beginning of this academic year) some teachers seem to be less preoccupied with the quality of the educational act and more concerned about whether students deposit their phones at the beginning of class or not.
From a personal point of view, I can say that I heard a plethora of explanations and reasons for such decisions, but what is truly concerning and bothering is that a considerable amount of time in many classes is wasted on counting telephones and, in some cases, even on threats (most of which involve getting a lower grade regarding your behavior in school). Other such situations include written warnings or calling one’s parents demanding an explanation for why their children didn’t deposit the phone or why they don’t have it with themselves that day (procedures which seem utterly absurd, if not a considerably tremendous waste of time, hence the vast majority of such events would take place with extreme certainty, during classes).
On the other hand, another “concern” seems to be students exiting the school grounds during lunch breaks due to a multitude of reasons. Consequently, I acknowledge that two measures are likely to be adopted. The first one includes having the main entrance locked right at the end of the break; therefore, the desired result is scaring students into not leaving the edifice in order not to get unwanted absences. The other option is rather deleterious if not time-consuming. To be more concise, bureaucracy would be the one to stop students from exiting schools, hence statements signed by students’ parents, their class mistress and even the headmistress herself must be completed before one leaves the edifice before the end of classes. Leaving the extensive paperwork aside, not all students have the time during the breaks to go to every single individual that must sign the document in question. I am aware that each school is responsible for everything that happens to their students during classes (whether they are in school or not) but they do not wish to suffer consequences for their pupils’ actions. Nonetheless, when we are talking about students who are over the age of 18 years old, they have the right to leave during breaks as they are responsible for their actions.
Therefore, instead of taking such measures, I suggest making the act of going to school a pleasant activity that is enjoyable for everyone, instead of using our time together to impose authority and spending days trying to concoct new ways of making children dislike school even more.